Thorsten Rogall

Assistant Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

Thorsten Rogall is Assistant Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics. His main research and teaching interests are in political economy of development with a special focus on conflict. He has extensively worked on understanding how the political Hutu elites orchestrated the Rwandan Genocide.

Recent work by Thorsten Rogall

  • About ethnic conflicts, inequality, and rainfall in Africa

    There is a lively debate about the role of inequality as a trigger of ethnic conflicts. This column reports groundbreaking research into the effect of the amount of regional rainfall on crops, which is used to measure inequality between ethnic groups. Inequality caused by the weather's effect on crops has a large and significant impact on the prevalence of ethnic conflict. This effect is strongest when a lack of rainfall penalises ethnic groups with no access to power.

    Published 04.04.17